Richard Nieva
Richard Nieva
Richard Nieva is a senior reporter for CNET News, focusing on Google and Yahoo. He previously worked for PandoDaily and Fortune Magazine, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, on CNNMoney.com and on CJR.org.Source
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YouTube bans almost 2,600 Chinese channels for influence operations

YouTube bans almost 2,600 Chinese channels for influence operations

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againSome of the channels posted content about racial justice protests in the US.Google on Wednesday said it from YouTube during the second quarter as part of investigations into "coordinated influence operations" on the platform.Roughly half of the channels were taken down in June, according to a report by Google's Threat Analysis Group, which combats government-backed hacking and attacks. Most of the channels posted only spam and nonpolitical content, Google said, but some of them posted content about the racial justice protests in...

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Google unveils the $349 Pixel 4A, a budget phone amid a recession

Google unveils the $349 Pixel 4A, a budget phone amid a recession

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againThe launch was delayed for months and comes as the search giant faces shake-ups in its smartphone division.After months of delays, , a budget phone carrying a $349 price tag that's less than half the cost of last year's Pixel 4 flagship. The 4A is Google's latest entry in the midtier phone market and comes as the company struggles to gain traction in the premium phone game. The lower price is unintentionally timely. The  has hammered economies and cost jobs. Consumers may well be looking to save money while still staying connected...

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Big Tech's antitrust hearing is over. Now the real action starts

Big Tech's antitrust hearing is over. Now the real action starts

Esto también se puede leer en español.Don't show this againFacebook, Amazon, Apple and Google had a historic showdown with Congress. What comes next?Over the course of a on Wednesday, the CEOs of , , and fended off inquiries from Congress about their data collection practices, disinformation miscues and efforts to stomp out competitors. The questions came fast and sometimes furiously, chiding the companies for their offenses., , and can breathe a sigh of relief that their time in the hot seat is over. But Washington isn't done yet with the CEOs and their companies. With the hearing over,...

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Google to invest $10 billion in India over the next five to seven years

Google to invest $10 billion in India over the next five to seven years

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againIndia is a key market for the search giant.Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Monday said the search giant will on initiatives in India over the next five to seven years, in an effort to grow the company's business in a fast growing market. The project, called the Google For India Digitization Fund, commits the search giant to partnering with other companies in the country, as well as investing in its infrastructure, operations, ecosystem and startup scene. For more like thisSubscribe to the Google Report newsletter, receive...

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Google removes QAnon apps from Play Store for violating terms

Google removes QAnon apps from Play Store for violating terms

The search giant says it's combating "harmful information." Google said on Thursday it had removed three apps related to the QAnon conspiracy theory from its Play Store digital marketplace. The apps -- called QMAP, Q Alerts! and Q Alerts LITE -- were taken down for violating Google's policies against "harmful information," the company said. The removal was earlier reported by Media Matters for America, a progressive not-for-profit. The QAnon conspiracy theory has become popular among a group of supporters of President Donald Trump. One claim is that celebrities are involved in child sex...

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Google sibling Sidewalk Labs nixes Toronto smart city project

Google sibling Sidewalk Labs nixes Toronto smart city project

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againThe company cites "unprecedented economic uncertainty" as the reason for abandoning the project.Sidewalk Labs, a division of parent company, Alphabet, on Thursday said it's to build a high-tech urban hub on Toronto's waterfront. The controversial project was billed as the , to be built in Toronto's Quayside district, which had been soliciting plans for redevelopment. At one point, the plans envisioned buildings made of environmentally sustainable timber and flexible, movable wall panels. Sensors would've measured how public...

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Android 11 beta is launching June 3, and it'll help you fight robocalls

Android 11 beta is launching June 3, and it'll help you fight robocalls

Esto también se puede leer en español.Don't show this againThe software is usually unveiled at Google I/O, but it's going virtual amid the coronavirus pandemic.on Wednesday said it's holding an to unveil the beta version of Android 11, the next generation of the search giant's mobile operating system. The event, scheduled for June 3 at 8 a.m. PT, will feature keynote addresses from Google executives including Android's vice president of engineering, Dave Burke, and senior director of product management Stephanie Cuthbertson. After that, the company will hold a live question-and-answer...

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Two children sue Google for allegedly collecting students' biometric data

Two children sue Google for allegedly collecting students' biometric data

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againThe lawsuit says the search giant violated privacy laws with its educational tools.Two children from Illinois are suing for allegedly collecting biometric data, including face scans, of millions of students through the search giant's software tools for classrooms. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in a federal court in San Jose, California, is seeking class-action status. The children, known only as H.K. and J.C. in the complaint, are suing through their father, Clinton Farwell.Google is using its services to create face templates and...

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Inside a pro-Trump YouTube disinformation network that spans Vietnam to Bosnia

Inside a pro-Trump YouTube disinformation network that spans Vietnam to Bosnia

We and our partners use cookies to understand how you use our site, improve your experience and serve you personalized content and advertising. Read about how we use cookies in our and how you can control them by clicking . By continuing to use this site, you accept these cookies.AcceptRejectUpdate ConsentBrett Pearce/CNETYouTube removed at least 20 channels posting false or divisive content to generate ad dollars. The channels used voice-over actors to read scripts. At least one of them was hired on Fiverr, the freelance marketplace.At first glance, Misrad Sulejmanovic could be your...

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Inside a pro-Trump YouTube disinformation network that spans Vietnam to Bosnia

Inside a pro-Trump YouTube disinformation network that spans Vietnam to Bosnia

YouTube removed at least 20 channels posting false or divisive content to generate ad dollars. The channels used voice-over actors to read scripts. At least one of them was hired on Fiverr, the freelance marketplace.Brett Pearce/CNETAt first glance, Misrad Sulejmanovic could be your typical YouTuber. The 25-year-old from Bosnia and Herzegovina has a following of about 3,300 subscribers on his channel. He goes by the handle . Sulejmanovic (not to be confused with a of the same name) mostly posts reactions to videos by , an educational channel with more than 2 million subscribers. The...

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Super Tuesday: Here's where Democratic presidential candidates stand on tech issues

Super Tuesday: Here's where Democratic presidential candidates stand on tech issues

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Activist investor seeks to replace Jack Dorsey as Twitter CEO, report says

Activist investor seeks to replace Jack Dorsey as Twitter CEO, report says

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againBillionaire Paul Singer, founder of Elliott Management, wants to take over.Paul Singer, the billionaire founder of the activist fund Elliott Management, is preparing a plan to try to , according to a report Friday by Bloomberg. Elliott, based in New York, has nominated four directors to Twitter's board and also seeks to make other changes at the company, Bloomberg said. According to the report, Elliott has a "sizable" stake in Twitter, but the exact size of the stake is unclear.Twitter declined to comment. Elliott Management...

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Google removes government-banned sites from Russian search results, report says

Google removes government-banned sites from Russian search results, report says

CNET también está disponible en español.Don't show this againThe search giant deleted about 70 percent of the blacklisted sites, according to a local newspaper in Russia.Google has begun to tweak its search results in Russia to remove websites that've been blacklisted by the government's communications agency, Wednesday by Vedomosti, a local newspaper. Since 2017, the government has required search engines in the country to delete sites banned by the agency, called Roskomnadzor. Some of those search results include sites on child pornography, drugs and suicide, but some critics have also...

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